In mid-October of 1971, Karsten Solheim discovered his PING Anser
putter was being counterfeited in California. The crooks had already
sent a shipment to Japan, where they hoped their sales would go
unnoticed. With the help of law enforcement, Karsten broke up the
operation, stopped the shipment dead in its tracks, and took the mold
used by the counterfeiters. The mold happened to be a good one the
counterfeiters made using an actual PING Anser.
A few years later, when Karsten was asked by Kawecki Berylco
Industries (KBI) to provide them with a few hundred beryllium copper
putters, Karsten decided to cast the BeCu putters using the
counterfeiters mold. Because their mold was made from an actual Anser,
the putters it produced would be slightly smaller than the putter used
to create the mold. This was perfect for the KBI job. Because
beryllium copper weighs more than manganese bronze, the berylium copper
Ansers cast from the slightly smaller mold weighed the same as the
manganese bronze Ansers cast from Karsten's original mold. (See The Putter Went Ping p 129-130)
On the beryllium copper putters Karsten made for KBI, he marked the
heel of the face "BeCu" and the back cavity "KBI". These 200 hundred or
so putters stand as the first golf clubs ever made from beryllium
copper. Years later BeCu irons and putters became extremely popular.
This KBI BeCu putter has its original 35 1/2" shaft, "Heel Toe
Balance" shaft band, and Ping pro only grip. The head is still in excellent condition and shows only minor bag wear. A wonderful and historic club!